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Sudan's Darfur too risky for aid

It is too dangerous for aid to be taken into the western Sudanese region of Darfur on Monday by road as planned. Last week, the government opened humanitarian corridors for aid agencies to access Darfur where rebels have been battling the army and Arab militias. But the United Nations’ Dr Mukesh Kapila told the BBC that aid convoys were still being attacked by militias. Dr Kapila called for international support for an airlift for the 1m people estimated to be in need. Most are internally displaced but over 100,000 have fled into neighbouring Chad. Aid agencies estimate that the fighting has cut off some three million people for several months. The conflict in western Sudan began last year and is an entirely separate one from the 20-year battle involving the southern-based Sudan People’s Liberation Army. However, there are fears that the fighting risks overshadowing a looming peace deal with rebels in the south of the country. Full Story

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